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Future of clinical leadership; the to-do list
  1. Judith Tweedie1,2,
  2. Jane Dacre1
  1. 1 Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
  2. 2 Medical Education, University College London Medical School, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Judith Tweedie, Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE, Uk; Judith.Tweedie{at}


What does the future hold for clinical leadership? This article addresses the potential challenges clinical leaders will face and outlines strategies for overcoming these. The article begins by reviewing the current healthcare landscape and the role the clinicians play in shaping this landscape. The top nine priorities (‘to do’ list) in healthcare are summarised and the need for clinicians to find solutions to these challenges. The article concludes by describing a new style of professionalism which will be required for effective leadership in complex adaptive healthcare systems. As clinicians, we have a responsibility to improve the processes and organisations which provide care for the patients we treat, the NHS needs talented, committed and dedicated individuals to step forward and meet these demands.

  • professionalism
  • clinical leadership
  • development
  • health System
  • insight

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  • Contributors This article in its entirety was written by JD and JT with editorial assistance from Ms Linda Cutherbertosn (head of PR and public affairs for the RCP).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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